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Burneside Brass

In March 1993 the Westmorland Gazette published an article Headed "Bill puts Burneside Band on the road" accompanied by a photograph of Bill Turton and Peter Crawford. The article read:

"That was until a mate (Peter) wandered into Burneside Post Office where Bill's wife is postmistress and the two made plans- for a village brass band. It didn't matter that around 26 players were needed and that the instruments cost the earth. But in true Last of the Summer wine style, nothing seemed insurmountable." The article ended thus:

"Bill and Peter's little scheme might have started as a little joke but the hot air turned into a strong wind- just enough to fuel a Brass Band."

Burneside Brass Band was formed in March 1993 by Bill Turton and Peter Crawford, both residents of Burneside and still active playing members of the Band. The Band has grown to a current playing membership of 31, a full brass band complement.

The uniform jacket that the Band members wear were knidly donated by The Anglers Trust in 1995. The stand banners were kindly donated by the Parish Council in 1997. The band obtained a grant from the National Lottery in 1999 and purschased a set of instruments.

Burneside Brass Band entered its first contest in Kirkby Lonsdale in June 1995 and came 6th out of 10 competing bands. 1996 saw the Band winning its first contest trophies at the Kirkby Lonsdale and Middleton-in Teesdal contests and crowned it's first full year's contesting by winning the inaugural section 'E' for non-registered bands at the Whitehaven contest. Our contest successes continued in 1997 and 1998 but 1999 has been our best year yet taking second place plus the best soloist trophy (won by David French) at Ripon Music Festival, two first places (including prestigious Parkin Raine trophy for the best test piece) and a third place at Middleton-in-Teesdale contest, the best instrumentalist trophy (won by Carol Baxendale) and fifth place at Kirkby Lonsdale contest and fourth place at Morecambe Music Festival.

The year 2000 was a busy, successful and momentous one for Burneside Brass Band. We welcomed a number of new players this year. We gave concerts in Burneside, Staveley, Natland, Ambleside, Crosscrake, Ripon, Grange-over-Sands, Bowness and Windermere plus our first joint concert with the Burneside Choral Society in May. We entered contests at the South Cumbria Music Festival (5th place), Morecambe Music Festival (3rd), Kirkby Lonsdale (2nd), Ripon (6th) and Middleton in Teesdale. Chris Stoneham, our principle cornet player, won the best instrumentalist trophy at Kirkby Lonsdale, the third time that a Burneside Brass Band player has won this trophy. It is a great credit to all the players that their hard work should be so richly rewarded.

In July the members of the band unanimously decided to apply to the British Band Registry and register as a national 4th section band. This is akin to a football team in the GM Vauxhall Conference league going into the Football League proper. Our first 'registered' contest was at Fleetwood on Sunday 1st October 2000 where we achieved a outstanding 2nd place.

Burneside Brass Band is grateful to the family and friends of the Band members and to the residents of Burneside for their support and to the Burneside Cricket Club and St. Oswald's Church for rehearsal facilities.

"And the band plays on...to its next musical success" was the title of the article written by Adrian Mullen for the Arts column of the Westmorland Gazette on Friday 4th May 2001.

And he was right. Burneside Brass Band had a success filled year in 2001. Despite dissapointment at the Brass at the Guild contest in Preston in February, Burneside proved it was not defeated and tacked 'Sinfonietta Pastorale' by Henry Geehl for their debut performance at the North of England Regional Championships in Darlington, with success...Adjudicator Mr Maurice Priestley placed the newcomers Burneside Brass Band in 5th place out of 13 bands taking part. Deserved success at last! This continued into May with the band achieving third place at the Morecambe Music Festival, and cornetists Claire Shore and Alan Bottomley enjoying victory in the soloist classes. Later that month, the Band was victorious in Ripon Cathedral, achieving second place and also best soloist, Oliver Bateman. June proved once again triumphant, as Burneside hit Kirby Lonsdale, achieving fourth position and gaining the cup in the Best Hymn Tune Section. September saw Burneside's debut perfomance in the Torchlight Procession in Kendal, and sucess continued into October, winning the Printer's Pot for 3rd place at the Wilkinson Northern Open in St. Helens

2001 was also a year of fundraising for Burneside Brass Band, as a Musical Instruments Quiz devised by Stuart Shore and supported by Lakeland Insurance Services and Prontaprint of Kendal, raked in over £600, helping Burneside to fund their new uniforms.

By 2002 Burneside Brass Band had grown to a current playing membership of 30 with an age range of 10 to 70! Almost one-third of the band's players were under 20 years old and were students at school or college.

The uniform jackets that the Band members wear were purchased in 2001. After much deliberation the Band opted for a green jacket and smart gold lapels. The Band would like to thank all donations and fundraising that took place to help us raise the money needed.

2002 was another busy year for Burneside Brass Band with engagements in Staveley, Burneside, Morecambe, Ripon, Grange-over-Sands, Natland, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ambleside, Middleton-in-Teesdale and Silverdale.

2003 promises to be another busy year for the band with concerts already booked in Staveley, Morecambe, Natland, Penwortham (Preston), Windermere, Ambleside, Grange over Sands, Silverdale and Burneside and contests in Preston, Darlington, Ripon, Kirkby Lonsdale and Middelton in Teesdale. We are hoping to arrange a short tour to North Wales later in the year.

We were honoured with an invitation to play during the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, when he visited the Plumgarth's Organic Produce Centre near Kendal on a beautiful sunny Wednesday 12th March 2003. Even though it was an afternoon engagement, all but one of the players managed to get the day off work, school or college to attend. His Royal Highness spent between two and three minutes talking to the band about its' history, instruments and music library. The Prince also spoke to some of the band members' wives during his visit and described the band as 'awfully good'! The band played for over two hours whilst Prince Charles toured the Centre. Roger was also interviewed by local Radio Lakeland that was broadcast, with the band playing in the background, early the same evening when the Prince's visit was featured in the local news programme (see Special Events).

The band is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a get-together of present and former members in Burneside Cricket Club on the 5th April (See Special Events).

Germany and England will unite at St. Herberts Church on Thursday 24th April 2003, starting at 7.30pm. Burneside Brass Band is honoured to be playing with a traditional Bavarian Blasergruppe from Diessen, Windermeres twin town. This is the second concert of this type, but this one promises to be better! Everyone is welcome, so come along!

A shock revelation hit Burneside Brass Band in 2003. Through work commitments Roger Lincoln has decided to stand down as our Musical Director... After nine years of immense decidation, enthusiasm and support from Roger Lincoln, we are saddened that our Roger had to leave us, but thankful of the time that we got to spend with such a talented musician and more importantly, friend. It really isnt going to be the same without him. Speaking on behalf of every person in the band, I would like to thank Roger for all his support during his time as our Musical Director. The Best of Luck goes to our new musical director, Steve Manning!

2004 - In the first contest we have entered this year we were delighted with our 1st place in Class 217 - Brass Band Entertainment. We opened by playing the march "The Standard of St. George" on which the adjudicator said we "kept a nice tight check on rhythmic detail". Our second piece of the afternoon was a cornet solo by principle cornet Harold Roberts "Georgia on my mind." Comments by the adjudicator included "a very competent soloist who catches the mood perfectly". The Band slowed the tempo down for the third piece of music an arrangement of the hymn tune "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" which ended with, according to adjudicator, Mr Malcolm Brownbill, "a firm secure close". For the final selection the Band played Appalacchain Mountain Folk Song Suite which ends with a stirring arrangement of Camptown Races. In summing up Mr Brownbill descibed the music as "a well balanced programme containing good playing and well directed by the conductor". For the Bands efforts we were presented with the John H Latimer cup which we hope to see photographs of in this weeks Westmorland Gazette.